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Tumbarumba Region

Nestled in the rolling western foothills of the Snowy Mountains and framed by rugged snow capped mountains, the Tumbarumba Region is the gateway to some of Australia’s most spectacular alpine landscapes. It is surrounded by mountain peaks, natural bushland, expansive vineyards, lush agricultural pastures and crystal-clear streams and rivers brimming with trout.  Located in NSW, it is bordered by Kosciuszko National Park to the East, and the Murray River to the South. The region is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne via the Hume Highway, and is around three hours from Canberra. The regional centre of Albury is a two hour drive from Khancoban.

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Welcome to Khancoban

With snow capped mountains framing lush green countryside, the charming township of Khancoban, in the Tumbarumba Region, lies at the south western edge of Kosciuszko National Park, on the Kosciuszko Alpine Way. It provides an excellent base for enjoying a wide range of nature based activities.

Nearby Kosciuszko National Park is internationally recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It covers 1.5 million acres of magnificent alpine terrain. It has plant species found nowhere else on earth, as well as rare animal species such as the Corroboree Frog and Mountain Pigmy Possum. In summer, experience the unique and beautiful landscape by hiking the Park’s extensive network of bushwalking tracks.

In summer the boat ramp at Khancoban Pondage is a popular meeting place for locals and lovers of water sports.  The picnic and swimming area is the ideal place to chill and relax on a hot day.  Year round fishing is available at Khancoban Pondage.

In winter Khancoban is an ideal base for day trips to the snow fields at Thredbo, or cross country skiing in the back country.

The Snowy Mountains Scheme

Khancoban township was a sleepy hamlet until the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme.  Khancoban was built by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority as a town to house workers on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme and their families. During this time, in the 1960s, the population reached its peak of around 2,000 people. Today, the town has a population of around 280, and retains its distinct Snowy Hydro character. It is the headquarters of the Murray region of the scheme, overseeing the nearby Murray 1 and 2 power stations and Khancoban Pondage.  The scheme is owned and operated by Snowy Hydro Limited, and Murray 2 Visitors Centre just ten minutes out of town on M2 Power Station Rd provides a fascinating and interactive opportunity to learn more about the history and the clever engineering features of the scheme.